Women’s seeds avoid disaster in Wuhan

The majority of the top women’s seeds were safely through to the second round of the Dong Feng Citroen Asia Championships in China on Wednesday.

Top seed Li Xuerui delighted her home fans with a thrilling comeback victory over Thailand’s Porntip Buranaprasertsuk, shrugging off a slow start to prevail 19-21, 21-6, 21-15.

Li totally turned the tables to dominate in the second game and then eased past her opponent in the decider to clinch a pretty comfortable victory in the end.

Japanese second seed Nozomi Okuhara also needed three games to get past her Thai opponent, Busanan Ongbumrungphan, 21-18, 15-21, 21-7, though she certainly finished in style.

Chinese third seed Wang Shixian sailed past Cheung Ngan Yi 21-18, 21-12, while fourth seed Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand had far too much firepower for Malaysian qualifier Yen Mei Ho, winning 21-17, 21-11.

Former World No 1 and fifth seed Saina Nehwal of India advanced with a 21-16, 21-17 victory over Indonesia’s Fitriani Fitriani, while sixth seed Wang Yihan of China was given a stern test by Malaysia’s Jing Yi Tee, but steadied the ship after a rocky first game to record a 13-21, 21-12, 21-11 win.